For coffee or a light snack, head to Rivers Edge Café (1011 1st St., 360/568-5835, 7 a.m.–11 p.m. Sun.–Thurs., 7 a.m.–midnight Fri.–Sat., $13), a comfortable place with tasty breakfasts and a historic setting.
Cabbage Patch Restaurant (111 Ave. A, 360/568-9091, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m.–10 p.m. Sat.–Sun., $12) sells sandwiches, salads, pasta, beef, seafood, and homemade desserts in an old house.
Collector’s Choice Restaurant (118 Glen Ave., 360/568-1277, 7 a.m.–9 p.m. Sun.–Thurs., 7 a.m.–10 p.m. Fri.–Sat., $15) in the Star Center Antique Mall serves a diverse menu of pasta, meats, and seafood.
Also of note is Oxford Saloon & Eatery (913 1st St., 360/568-3845, 11 a.m.–midnight Mon.–Thurs., 11 a.m.–2 a.m. Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Sun., $10), with pub grub and live music. Built in 1889, it is supposedly haunted by a former policeman who was killed while breaking up a knife fight in its earliest years.
Mardini’s (1001 1st St., 360/568-8080, 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Mon.–Sat., 8 a.m.–10 p.m. Sun., $16) serves well-prepared pasta, seafood, chicken, and steaks in a romantic setting.
Fred’s Rivertown Alehouse (1114 1st St., 360/568-5820, 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Sun.–Thurs., 10:30 a.m.–11 p.m. Fri.–Sat., entrées $8–17) is a friendly pub with more than 30 beers on draft and dozens of malt scotches. The menu includes such treats as Thai chicken wraps, Caesar salads, and halibut and chips.
Get fresh fruits and veggies, baked goods, and crafts, at the Snohomish Farmers Market (425/347-2790), held downtown 5 p.m. to sunset Thursday mid-May through September.
Snohomish is also home to Quilceda Creek Vintners (5226 Old Machias Rd., 360/568-2389), a small family-run operation producing just 1,500 cases per year of highly regarded cabernet sauvignon. Open by appointment.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition